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12
NOV

Stoneham (near side) on the West Ilsley gallops
Stoneham being put through her paces

INSIGNIA RACING INTRODUCES FIRST NH SYNDICATE

The 3 year old bay filly, Stoneham, has joined Insignia Racing's new syndicate, ICON, to become the first runner for Insignia under the National Hunt code.

The Icon Syndicate has been so named as she is by Sixties Icon who has an exceptional statistical record with his progeny.  Although the stallion is making his name as a flat sire, and Stoneham has secured one win under that code, trainer Mick Channon believes this filly's future lies over hurdles.  He said "I decided to school her to see how she took to it, and was blown away by her natural ability, she just loves jumping.  She's good looking, has her sire's natural toughness and I think will give her owners lots of fun".

05
AUG

Worth waiting for!
Knight of the Air

A QUIETISH SUMMER SO FAR, BUT STILL LOOKING AHEAD!

Its been a quieter few months than planned, but there's nothing that typifies horseracing more than encountering a few ups and downs.

As already mentioned, Jaywalker, having won impressively on his debut run, gave himself a knock and is now enjoying some time out in the paddock.

Finflash has had a few runs, but things just haven't gone his way.  It is becoming evident that he does not enjoy running on firmish ground, and to that end, it is probably worth waiting for the going to come right for him.

Knight of the Air is proving to be a lovely individual, but he is needing time.  Mick is being ultra patient with him and says there is no point rushing him.  He is turning into a big scopey indivdual, who by growing, is a little weak and needs to furnish up a little before any major questions are asked.

These are probably 3 of the best horses to stand under the Insignia banner, and they are proof of the adage that "patience" is the name of the game!

19
MAY

INSIGNIA OWNERS ENJOY THE SUNSHINE AT WEST ILSLEY

It is not easy to get all owners together, but those that could attend enjoyed seeing the Insignia horses paraded at the yard, before lunch and racing from Mick's box at Newbury.

The horses all looked well, including Jaywalker, who is sadly on box rest for some time.  Finflash will be due to run in the next couple of days, whilst the scopey looking Knight of the Air will probably need another 4 weeks or so, before making his racecourse debut.

27
MAR

JAYWALKER - ONE RACE - ONE WIN!

Everybody's patience paid off when Jaywalker made his racecourse debut at Lingfield Park.  He has never had any major problems but little niggles that kept him off the racecourse last year.  However, Mick has always liked him and knew it was worth persevering.   

"There have been times with JAYWALKER when I've suspected he's been reading the Racing Post!  Everytime he's had an entry he's gone lame on us!  The Crest Syndicate Owners must have been wondering what excuse I was going to come up with next!  But he's always showed us speed, and did all he could today against a rival rated 68.  He's a super individual - great temperament and bags of talent, who will be effective at 5f or 6f."

He took the racecourse preliminaries like an old pro, Willie Twiston-Davies gave him a lovely introductory ride and although it wasn't the hottest maiden he could not have run any better.  Tina said "Phew, thank goodness for that!  We always hoped and thought it could go like that, but until they get onto the track you never quite know.  We can now look forward to the turf season with optimism!

 

 

 

 

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04
MAR

CRESCENT SYNDICATE COLT NAMED

The Crescent Syndicate's Bushranger colt has been named KNIGHT OF THE AIR.

Knight of the Air has a superb temperament and is pleasing Mick at home.  It is early days yet and he has not been asked any major questions - excitement still rides high with expectations for the 2014 season!

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11
NOV

The Crescent Syndicate's Bushranger
Bushranger yearling looks the part!

2014 SYNDICATE LAUNCHED

A stiking Bushranger colt has been selected for Insignia Racing's 2014 Crescent syndicate.  The bay colt was purchased at the Newmarket Tattersalls Book 2 Sale.

Bushranger is a popular sire who had his first two year olds on the racecourse in the 2013 season.  They made a good start for the first season sire's career and he is already proving to produce speedy precocious types like himself.

The dam is Picolette (by Piccolo) and the most prolific offspring of hers was Pintura, who was also trained by Mick as a two year old.  Pintura was by Efisio, who appears in the damside of Bushranger - so it is hoped and thought the pedigree should work!

 

16
AUG

Finflash leading the field
Making it look easy!

FINFLASH WINS & COLLECTS £10K BONUS!

Finflash put up a decent display when winning the 43 Red EBF Maiden Stakes over 5f at Chepstow.  Winning jockey, Richard Hughes commented "that was a good effort, he travelled really nicely, is very honest and loved the ground".  Having not had a tremendous amount of luck in previous runs Mick said "I'm delighted!  When you know you've got a colt with a bit of ability, which he has, and things don't go to plan, its disappointing for everyone - including the horse!  He deserves this".  Along with collecting the winning prize money Finflash also won his owners the £10,000 Racing Post Bonus, which will go into the Owners' pot.  Tina commented "I'm chuffed to bits.  Everyone has been so patient.  He's such a genuine colt and today was his day".

23
MAY

FINFLASH PUTS UP GOOD PERFORMANCE ON RACECOURSE DEBUT

Finflash ran a very creditable 2nd on his racecourse debut in the Betfred Mobile Maiden race at Ascot.  He travelled well throughout and finished strongly being beaten 1/2 length by the favourite.  Mick was delighted with the run and said "I thought he'd run well and he hasn't let me down.  He's a cracking colt with a great attitude and we can hopefully look forward to some great days out with him".

09
MAY

IRISH FUND GB DAY AT WEST ILSLEY & NEWBURY RACES

Insignia Racing and Mick hosted a morning at West Ilsley stables, where Finflash, Jaywalker and other West Ilsley inmates were paraded.  This was followed by a great afternoon's racing at Newbury.  The weather was kind and everyone enjoyed a memorable day.

12
APR

TWO YEAR OLDS GETTING NEARER TO RACECOURSE

Mick is very happy with both Syndicate horses.  He believes Finflash to be a slightly earlier type and says "he's going really well and I couldn't be happier with him.  The other colt, Jaywalker will need a bit more time, but I'm not bothered about that as he's showing me lots of promise.  I think we can look forward to some good days racing!"